Bettina Hoy has announced her decision to retire from the German Eventing Olympic Squad.
Whilst representing her country, Hoy has competed at three Olympic Games, winning team Bronze in
1984, ten European Championships, winning individual gold in 1997 when the event was held at Burghley, and five World Championships where she helped them to team Gold in 1996.
Hoy said; “It was always clear to me that I would go while I am still at the top of my game. I feel it is the right moment to declare my resignation from the German Olympic squad.
2017 was a great year for my horses and myself which was definitely crowned by winning my 4th German championship title in Luhmühlen and a top 10 ranking in the world rider ranking list at the end of the summer.”
Last year it was announced that Hoy would coach the Dutch Eventing team, and this will be a focus for her going forward, with her saying; “The work for this fantastic federation is a great honor and very rewarding. Both the Dutch federation and their riders deserve my full attention now.”
Hoy emphasised that her decision would not see her retire from the sport and she would continue to compete in selected three and four star competitions.
She added: “I also still have the dream to ride a Grand Prix dressage and because that part of our sport has always been my special strength I will now intensify my training in pure dressage. And of course I will keep producing young horses for both dressage and eventing and also train selected riders.”